Honoring Alaska

alaskaAlaska officially became our 49th state on January 3, 1959, and to mark the 50th anniversary of its statehood, the U.S. Postal Service is issuing a commemorative stamp. The wintry scene on the stamp, captured by photographer Jeff Schultz, shows a dog sled team silhouetted against a snowy mountain range. The largest state in the Union by size, Alaska ranks 48th in population, with just 680,000 residents in its 663,000 square miles.


To learn more about the history of this vast and beautiful state, check out the following databases:

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